The Grand Choreographer

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Let them praise His name in the dance … (Psalms 149:3).

A choreographer creates dances. He designs sequences of movements, deciding what each step will be, and then a dancer performs those steps.

The Grand Choreographer is God. It is He Who decides each step that will be taken.

The steps of a man are ordered by the Lord (Psalms 37:23).

Sometimes a father, when his daughter is very little, will place her feet on top of his own and dance all around the room with them. In these early experiences perhaps the young girl will presume that she is really accomplishing something. As she grows older, with fond memories, she realizes that all of this dancing was of her father. He was the one choreographing and executing each step; he had a firm hold on her and was doing all of the work – he was the one dancing, and she was simply along for the ride.

So it is with us. In our childishness we think that Father and we are really doing something grand. Later in our maturity we come to know and understand that it is all Him. There is always the relative sense in which we are “dancing,” but in the absolute, it is always He Who has been “dancing” all along.

Relax and rest in the arms of your Father, the Grand Choreographer.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Gloriously Subdued

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Only when Christ has subdued all things unto Himself, will the successions of time pass away, and God be “All” in all beings and things, every shadow of evil being swept out of the universe, that the everlasting blessedness of the eternal world may be without spot or stain.

Samuel Cox (1826-1893)
Salvator Mundi, chapter 5

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SalvatorMundiSalvator Mundi: Is Christ the Savior of All Men?

by Samuel Cox (1826-1893)
(New Enlarged Type Edition)

“Salvator Mundi” means “Savior of the World.” First published in 1877, the main object of this book is to encourage those who “faintly trust the larger hope” to commit themselves to it wholly and fearlessly, by showing them that they have ample warrant for it in the Scriptures. Reprint of the 1899 Eleventh Edition.

All Things Are of God

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All things are of God (II Corinthians 5:18).

There is no statement in the Bible, that was made by an apostle, that is more remarkable and even startling than this statement. When you think of it seriously, it seems as though Paul was very unguarded and careless in his language. We are apt to think that he ought to have modified and limited it in some way, such as, for instance, all good things are of God; but no, Paul makes the sweeping, unqualified statement, “All things are of God.”

Furthermore, so important did Paul consider this truth that he repeats it over and over again. The direct statement is made no less than six times in the writings of the apostle:

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things (Romans 11:36).
There is but one God, the Father, of Whom are all things (I Corinthians 8:6).
All things are of God (I Corinthians 11:12).
All things are of God (II Corinthians 5:18).
Him Who works all things after the counsel of His Own will (Ephesians 1:11).
For Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things (Hebrews 2:10).

Now, was the apostle careless and a little too bold in these utterances, or did he mean just what he said, and are they true, taken full strength? I say, without any hesitation, yes, to the two latter questions. The more we learn (the more revelation) of God’s works and ways the more we shall understand that in a sense absolutely “All things are of God.”

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Arthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Purposes of God and True Basis of Redemption
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The Story of Grace Stronger than Sin

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The notion of the popular creed (i.e., that God details in the Bible the story of His own defeat; how sin has proved too strong for Him), seems wholly unfounded. Assuredly the Bible is not the story of sin, deepening into eternal ruin, of God’s Son worsted in His utmost effort. It is from the opening to the close the story of grace stronger than sin – of life victorious over every form of death – of God triumphant over evil.

Thomas Allin (1838–1909)
Christ Triumphant (1890)
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Paul Says, “God Is Able”!

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Many Christians seem to believe in an incapable God, as strange of a contradiction as that is. Paul communicated the truth of an Able God!

God Is Able to Do What He Has Promised He Would Do

… What He has promised He is able also to do (Romans 4:21).

God Is Able to Establish You

Now to Him Who is able to establish you according to my gospel … (Romans 16:25).

God Is Able to Make You Stand

… To his own master he stands or falls. Yes, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand (Romans 14:4).

God Is Able to Make ALL Grace Abound Toward You

… And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (II Corinthians 9:8).

God Is Able to Do More than You Ask or Think

Now unto Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20).

God Is Able to Subdue ALL Things unto Himself

… According to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself (Philippians 3:21).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Man’s Way vs. God’s Way

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There are two kinds of starting points – man’s and God’s. Man usually starts with big frameworks, with a big plant, machinery, structures, and so on. That is how man usually starts when he is going to do something for God. It is a propensity; it is our way. We may argue that God is worthy of something big. That is man’s way.

God’s way is never like that – it never was. You search in vain to find any instance of God beginning like that. God’s beginnings seem so small, they appear so little. But so does a seed; it is a small thing, a little thing. Yet look at the potentialities in one seed, in one grain of wheat. Everything really of God has a long and hidden history of deep dealings on His part.

The thirty years of our Lord’s hidden life has a great bearing on the three and a half. The forty years of Moses away back there in the desert, looking after those sheep of his father-in-law, had a great bearing on the rest of his life. They were not lost, wasted, futile years. So we could take up one after another – Abraham, David, and others, who had a long deep, secret, hidden history; it was out of that that the effectiveness came.

Very often more is done, when God has been at work, in the last few years of a life than in all the years previously. That does not mean that all the previous years have been of no account, having no place. It means that God has been at work to get intrinsic values, and now at last these values are coming out.

God takes a lot of time and a lot of pains in secret history. It may be that, though you are thinking the years are going, soon life will be past, all over, and you have missed the way, everything being a problem, an enigma; yet it may be that in a few years an infinitude of spiritual value will come out of the time through which you are going, out of this which you think is lost time. You must adjust yourself to this, that God is not careful at all about our standards of values, either in time or in method or in any other way.

T Austin SparksAustin-Sparks (1888-1971)
Toward The Mark
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